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Texas Horned Lizard Phrynosoma cornutum


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Texas Horned Lizard
credit: Ben Goodwyn/CCSA

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Family: Phrynosomatidae, Earless and Horned Lizards view all from this family

Description Camouflaged according to habitat. 2 long centre spines. Scales from fringe on either side. Keeled belly scales. Reddish-yellow/gray.

Dimensions 6.3-18.1cm. (2 1/2-7 1/8")

Breeding Breeds April/May. 14-37 eggs, hatch after 6 weeks, 3.1cm (1 1/4") when hatched. Female digs burrow.

Habitat Dry, open country. Grassy, mesquite or cactus plants in loose soil.

Range Kansas through Texas, Arizona. also Louisiana & Florida.

Discussion Diurnal. Common on pet-trade, more than any other 'horned lizard'. Feeds mostly on ants so difficult to keep as a pet, often starve to death when kept as pets.